Building an apartment takes 3 to 4 years, that too with all the advanced technologies! Just imagine how they would have constructed marine forts and palaces in an ancient era? First of all, it is still puzzling how they built such huge forts and palaces; imagine buildings in the middle of water! Yes, we are listing out some awe-inspiring water palaces in India which stand in all their glory!
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Jal Mahal in Jaipur
Rajput kings surely had a passion towards art and architecture; numerous forts, palaces and havelis at every corner of Rajasthan proves it. In such a place, finding a castle in the middle of a lake is no surprise. Jal Mahal is one such garnishing edifice located at Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur.
It is one of the oldest structures in Rajasthan and has undergone many restorations over the years. However, Jal Mahal got a grand makeover during the rule of Raja Jai Singh II in the 18th century. Since then the Jal Mahal or the Water Palace has been on of the major tourist attractions in Jaipur.
How to Reach Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal is located on Amer Road in Jaipur. It is often covered while visiting Amer Fort. Autorickshaws, taxis or even government run buses go to Amer Road.
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Neer Mahal in Tripura
A palace to beat the heat?! Yes, the King Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman built a summer palace right in the centre of Rudrasagar Lake in Tripura. It took almost 8 years to complete Neer Mahal (the Lake Palace), one-of-its-kind in Eastern India. The fusion of Indian and Mughal style of architecture gives it a unique look. Today, Neer Mahal Palace is one of the mesmerising water palaces in India.
How to Reach Neer Mahal
Neer Mahal is around 51km from Agartala. Tourists can take shared taxis or autorickshaws to reach Melghar. Take ferry from the banks of the lake to reach Neer Mahal.
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Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola is the living palace turned into a heritage hotel. A grand architecture such as this is an unique attraction in Udaipur. This while jewel in the island of Jag Niwas is also one of the most romantic luxury hotels in the World. The Lake Palace has been an inspiring structure that has stood the test of times.
How to Reach Lake Palace
Lake Palace is now a heritage hotel and you have to book a lunch or dinner to get tour inside. Since it is a luxury hotel, the costs are pretty high. So the best way to explore is to take a boat ride around Lake Pichola. It can be reached by local buses, autorickshawsm, tongas and taxis from other parts of Udaipur.
Deeg Water Palace
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Deeg Water Palace
Deeg Palace is located in between the Gopal Sagar and Rup Sagar lakes. It is said that Jat Rulers were fascinated by the Mughal architecture, hence Deeg Palace was built in that fashion. Ornately designed interiors and the mesmerizing facade look splendid in water. Deeg Palace is one of the enchanting tourist places located near Bharatpur in Rajasthan. It is worthwhile to visit this palace built on water.
How to Reach Deeg Palace
Deeg Palace is open on all days except Fridays. Deeg Palace is around 35km from Bharatpur, Rajasthan. It can be reached by buses travelling towards Alwar. Travellers can also travel through train and get down at Deeg Railway Station.
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Maharaja of Navanagar thought of summer retreat and built the Lakhota Fort-Palace on a small island in Lakhota Lake. This exotic construction is now a top tourist place in Jamnagar, Gujarat. No doubt, Lakhota Fort-Palace is one of the beautiful marine palaces in India. Lakota Fort is connected to the mainland through a stone bridge. Now Lakhota Fort is turned into museum which has a collection of artefacts belonging to the ancient villages around.
How to Reach Lakhota Fort
Lakhota Fort is in the city of Jamnagar and it is easily accessible. Tourists are allowed to enter the musuem from the Northern Gate. Jamnagar is around 90km from Rajkot and is well-connected by road and rail transport.
Water palaces are unique and exciting to explore. In fact, it is commendable that our Kings built such architectures which have been intact for years. It is only because of their immense knowledge in structures and designs that we are able to see it even to this day.